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BEAM Aware Community Tech Projects

 The following are technology projects that openbeam is tracking and has been making contributions to.

 

Project Phase Definitions

The following defines the various project phases:

  1. Available - a product, program or service is in production
  2. Develop - program or application is being developed
  3. Plan - idea is solid, stakeholders are identified, and there is strong commitment to go forward from all parties.
  4. Concept Phase - idea scoped out with enough details to give an early sizing and/or to build a proof of concept
    demonstration
  5. Pre-concept Phase - an early idea or a requirement.

 

ConceptPlanDevelopmentAvailable

Engage the Community

Impacting:

Led by : Rochester Public Library
Description Expand Goal 2 of the library's strategic plan: "Engage the Community"

Explore and Build Out openBEAM.net IT Support

Impacting:

Led by : openBeam.net
Description Make openBEAM.net reality to build out a support ecosystem for technology deployment in Olmsted County public/non-profit sectors.

Open Beam: A "For Purpose" Entity

Impacting:

Led by : openBeam.net
Description Exploring the building out of Open Beam as a "For-Purpose" entity to support community initiatives. Many social/economical development initiatives suffer from vertical organizational structures that have their origin in the industrial age of emphasizing command and control. Vertical structures are silo in nature and do not facilitate cross structural information sharing and individual accountability. They inadvertently create distrust and thwart innovation. This project builds out the Open Beam entity to demonstrate how a “For-Purpose” dynamic organization works. The result is that Open Beam’s way of doing work becomes a proof point that we should let go of the traditional organizational model and adopt a holacratic framework to mobilize team effort. In so doing, Open Beam will help area non-profit or small organizations become more effective in their governance and their use of cloud technologies.

SharePoint Usage Enablement

Impacting: Technology Enablement

Led by : openBeam.net
Description MS SharePoint and Office 365 have been adopted and installed by many area non-profits, which is a good step toward cloud-based collaboration so that information and document sharing can take place outside the office. However, much of the power of SharePoint is not known to these organizations, such as how it can be used to build intranet/extranet websites and workflow applications that manage essential operations such as contact (Client/Donor) management. This project will lead to: (1) Getting small non-profits to better use SharePoint and (2) Build simple CRM (or other apps) to demonstrate the quick app development capability of SharePoint.

Community Beam to enable community collaboration

Impacting: Business Process ; Technology Enablement

Led by : openBEAM.net
Description Many best-practiced communities have implemented community web-based dashboards to provide a "read-out" of the health and wellness metrics of the community. DMCC's website is a push technology and not so much as social, collaborative virtual teaming site. Olmsted County, Mayo, OMG (and others) have just completed a community health study and published a report. We should go further and have a plan to be more agile and responsive in changing statistics by implementing a dashboard.

Community Network Group Website

Impacting:

Led by : openBEAM.net
Description Rochester area is fortunate to have many private, public and non-profit organizations engaged in serving the community. To make these efforts even more effective, we need a "clearing house" or coordination hub to allow sharing of ideas, requirements and plans.

Hubsource.mn (employment hub)

Impacting: C2C: Workforce Participation ; Business Process ; Economic Diversification ; Technology Enablement

Led by : Rochester-area Chamber of Commerce
Description A central community portal for employers and job seekers to connect and to find other information about the community. A web platform to connect people, resources and employment in SE Mn. Creates the economic and work culture landscape of our region.

OC Find it!

Impacting:

Led by : Olmsted County Community Services
Description OC Find It! is a free mobile App designed to help people find information about the services and programs offered within Olmsted County Community Services. Based on your answers to 12 questions you will be provided a list of services that may be of interest to you. What Else Does OC Find It! Provide? A service catalogue with program descriptions for: Adults Seniors Aging & Disabilities Family/Children/Youth Financial/Health Care Assistance Corrections/Probation Volunteer Opportunities Map it function Web site link Call button

Rochester Public Library's Community Networks Website

Impacting:

Led by : Rochester Public Library
Description Rochester Public Library's website with links to various Olmsted County resources.

SE Mn Transportation Projects Information Portal

Impacting:

Led by : openBEAM.net
Description Efficient, cost-effective transportation in SE Minnesota is crucial to its growth. We are building out this portal to demonstrate how technology can beam up (Build Enable Activate Model) transparency, accountability, responsiveness and project/process-centric execution of individual transportation plans, and to point out the need to have a systematic approach involving multiple public, private partnerships (PPP) to harmonize the various efforts.

BEAM

Build, Enable

Activate, Model

Commitment to IT equity,

openness and service

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Community Status/News

History Center to present Traveling While Black (December 12, 2018)

The “Traveling While Black” exhibit being developed by the History Center of Olmsted County will chronicle the challenges faced by black motorists prior to the passage of the Civil Rights Act in 1964.

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Community for Health Workgroup Log (December 11, 2018)

DMC EDA initiated Community For Health group effort notes.

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Collective Impact Model to enable Housing Coalition (December 09, 2018)

11/13/2018 Housing Coalition meeting starting a series of conversations regarding the future and role of the housing alliance in our community.  To start these conversations, Elaine Case will be presenting on the Community Impact model.

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County prepares pitch for crisis center (November 22, 2018)

"The answer for Lawson, Clements and variety of other collaborators is the proposed crisis center, which would tap into a portion of the $28.1 million state lawmakers earmarked for creating such facilities."

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Olmsted County Complete Count 2020 Planning Kickoff (November 21, 2018)

Invitation from Sheila Kiscaden, Olmsted County Commissioner & Chair of Olmsted County Complete Count Committee

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Action Groups being formed (November 20, 2018)

Action Groups being formed to make progress on: Health Insurance; IT: Tech Support; Joint Purchasing of Goods and Services

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Age Friendly Community Survey (November 18, 2018)

How well is Rochester meeting your needs as you age? A survey.

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Race Exhibit 2018 (November 17, 2018)

Reviving 2009 Race Exhibit in a condensed version.

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Kiwanis Club of Rochester 4Q 2018 Community Services (November 17, 2018)

These are some of the volunteering activities that we participated in.

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Site Information
Beam
  • For the commercial sector, we tend to register startup activities (new companies and new commercial projects) that bring diversification and high-impact opportunities to the area.
  • For the non-profit sector, we wish to shine light on all the organizations and services that otherwise labor under relative obscurity.
  • Our hope is that dmcbeam.org will encourage cross-sector collaborations and creative solutions.

While there are a number of registries in the community, dmcbeam.org's  distinct value is to pilot a database with a data structure and categorizations that answer the questions such as: What organizations or projects/programs in our community that have purported relevance with some of the over-arching focuses put forward by initiatives such as DMC, J2G and Health Improvements?

This database could be used as one of the ways to explore the capacities of the community. If you are someone on an exploratory journey to learn about the greater Rochester community. dmcbeam.org could be an interesting first step.

Definitions
The following defines the various project phases:
  1. Available - a product, program or service is in production
  2. Develop - program or application is being developed
  3. Plan - idea is solid, stakeholders are identified, and there is strong commitment to go forward from all parties.
  4. Concept Phase - idea scoped out with enough details to give an early sizing and/or to build a proof of concept
    demonstration
  5. Pre-concept Phase - an early idea or a requirement.
Links
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